VALUE STORIES
What value defines you?

We all try to live by many different values, but usually one of them stands out a little more than the others... Is your value love? grit? giving back? What value defines you?

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REACHING OUT
BAD DAY I was so close to tears. I could feel them just behind my eyelids threatening to spill out any second. I could feel my face crumpling into a little ball, my lip quivering...I needed a friend. I was surrounded by friends, but something was missing. And then I realized. I was having the worst day of my entire life,...
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DEVOTION
FREEDOM Every time I look at myself and think on how much I've gone through, I still hardly believe that I have become the strong person that I am now. The biggest factor I'd like to consider is my relationship with my father. I learned to stand on my own, make decisions on my own because he let me do it. This started in...
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LAUGHTER
MEETING A TEACHER HAS CHANGED MY LIFE I went to high school thinking that Mrs. Davis was going to be our Choir teacher. Boy was I wrong. I went to 7th hour and there the new teacher was — Ms. McPhee. She's always smiling, laughing, having a good old time. She's the kind of woman who does not care who you are, what you look like, how tall you are....
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CARING
TEACHING THE VALUES THAT MATTER MOST Life is unpredictable. Before the start of the summer, I had no idea that I would be a YMCA summer camp counselor. Now, here I am near the end of the summer, finishing up camp. I can't say it's been easy, but it was undoubtedly a beneficial, enjoyable experience for me. The children I helped take care of were...
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LEARNING
THE MAN WHO TAUGHT ME TO CARE My name is Scott and I am 36 years old. I have spent most of my adult life working in an unfulfilling job, and by doing so I had a very cynical view of life and the world around me. I thought that the humane qualities of man had been replaced by materialism and self absorption. Thanks to this jaded view of the...
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COURTESY
FAITH IN FELLOW MEN Last week I was doing my grocery shopping at a local store. I was in a hurry because I had to get to work. I had purchased a package of sports drink and, when checking out, put it on the bottom of the cart. In my haste, I did not put it in my car when I emptied the cart. Later, I went back to the store and the...
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INTEGRITY
RE-ESTABLISHING INTEGRITY I never thought about how important integrity is in life until I was in the middle of some trouble. After I thought about what I did and how foolish it was, I went back to the people I affected negatively and asked to correct the situation. To my surprise, they had positive words to give me and mentioned how...
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EXCELLENCE
SIGNING OFF My Dad was the last of the craftsman - while other's added workers to take on bigger jobs, Dad remained a "business" unto himself, painting homes and hanging wallpaper to the best of his decades of experience. Many times I would be invited to the garage where he would have me guess which paint swatch or...
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REACHING OUT
A SMALL GIFT As a teenager, I worked at a grocery store as a cashier in a local mall. There was a young man who walked around the mall and it didn't look like he had any friends or family. I learned from store owners that he suffered schizophrenia and was pretty much a loner. He was always very polite to me when he came...
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COMPASSION
SAY A KIND WORD TO SOMEONE ELSE AT LEAST ONCE A DAY Few kids today are taught the value of empathy. It seems so hard for people to have compassion toward others and to actually understand what they are going through. I was raised in a very loving family. As a child I was taught to put others before myself. We were always told to go out of our way to make...
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RISING ABOVE
SUNSHINE ON A RAINY DAY Have you ever had a day when everything seemed to go wrong, and nothing seemed to go right? Not too long ago I was having one of those days. I was discouraged, weary, and plain sad. My focus was on me, me, me. After all, no one else was experiencing the same trials I was. I expressed my downcast state to my...
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TEACHING BY EXAMPLE
A 4-WHEEL DRIVE CALLED LIFE I had just graduated from medical school in India some 5 years ago. It was a time where (like all other classmates) I was standing at the crossroads of my career. Choosing a specialty for a physician is always a difficult decision. Alumni can play a significant role in a career direction. I was fortunate in...
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LIVE LIFE
FRESH LEMONADE I am Greek, and my mother Deborah, my sister Alethea, sometimes my father Kevin, and I go to Greece every summer. Uncle Spyro and my Godmother Aunt Aspa lived about 45 minutes outside of Athens. Every summer when we traveled to Greece, we would spend a couple of days with them. I remember all the fun things we...
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HONESTY
SAY THE WORDS YOU KNOW ARE TRUE I was a drunk for 17 years of my life. I was crying at a party once about how no one loves me and I always feel alone (I was drunk of course). A friend of mine leaned over and, despite the fact that I was in tears, told me, "A lot of people care about you Stephanie...you are just too drunk to see them." I...
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INTEGRITY
HONESTY WILL HELP ME ACHIEVE MY GOALS There are many principles and values all people live by. These values help them with dealing with everyday matters. Whether it is to keep their faith at all times or just respect everyone else the way they want others to respect them, it changes their lifestyle. The one law that I live by is honesty. I have...
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